Pundit worries as Leeds United suffer Phillips and Cooper double injury blow

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Paul Robinson worries for Leeds United after Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper both suffered injuries in the draw with Brentford on Sunday.

BBC Sport reported on Wednesday that Phillips, 26, faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines while the extent of Cooper’s hamstring injury is yet to be uncovered too.

Patrick Bamford also suffered a problem at the end of the 2-2 draw at Elland Road but it remains to be seen if that’ll be an issue going into this weekend’s trip to Chelsea.

With Phillips potentially missing for two months and Cooper also seemingly set for some time out injured [Telegraph], Robinson is worried about how the spine of Leeds’ side looks going into a difficult period of fixtures.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, the ex-goalkeeper said: “They had a couple of worries in Cooper and Phillips.

Cooper and [Diego] Llorente were forming some continuity with their defensive partnership. Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk have both been injured so you would hope one of them is fit before upcoming fixtures.

But Cooper will be a big miss as captain and a leader.

Phillips will obviously be an even bigger miss.

Leeds have been very unlucky this season with injuries to key players.

If Cooper and Phillips are missing for a long time then it’ll be the spine of the team taken out.”

Phillips is an integral part of the Leeds United squad with Marcelo Bielsa’s side failing to win the three Premier League matches he’s missed this season.

Cooper, 30, hasn’t missed a minute of league action this season until he was forced off after a quarter of an hour against Brentford at the weekend.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has dropped a Marcelo Bielsa exit verdict amid recent speculation.